Epic Store's first major third party is here. Nothing seems to have caught fire: You can log in to the Epic client, pay for Metro Exodus, download and play it. They do not deserve trading cards or achievements, but the silence of the Epic Store seems appropriate in this case ̵
Now that the day is here, Metro influenced the exodus of Steam – what I called Epic's act of war – influenced your desire to play it, if one existed? It does not seem to be for our Twitter followers. When we polled for this week's game releases, 41 percent of respondents said they were more excited for Metro Exodus than Far Cry New Dawn, Anthem, or Civilization 6: New Dawn. It's not science, but anecdotally, these results contradict many comments we see. More than a few say they would skip Exodus for the time-limited Epic Store exclusivity, either a year on Steam or not at all.
We asked the Discord members of PC Gamer Club how they used to feel and received mixed replies.
"I have too many launches, and frankly, I'm waiting for a bad taste in my mouth until just before the last minute," said Papa Zane, who skips Exodus.
"I have no problem with Epic overall and I think in the long run it will be good to have another strong player on the PC Store front," said Viderian, who will not win Exodus because he has too many others Games has to play at the moment. (And there are a lot of great games right now.)
"I want exclusives to go away from non-first-time vendors and Steam and Epic to get a better product," they added, responding to a comment on the exclusivity strategy from Epic. "Both companies can throw money around to get exclusive money, but the newcomer is a bit brazen for gaining market share." Sure, that's what you do to force an influx of customers with the hope that people will have past concerns to forget."
"I like buying outside of Steam," said Chriz86, "Valve needs serious competition."
Meanwhile, Apollo is upset over Epic's rebate for Unreal Engine games. "I do not like all the encouraging developers using Unreal," he wrote. "I mean, I can imagine a world where the Epic Store is king and they're pushing Unreal in the throat."
How about you? Did you buy Metro Exodus at the Epic Store? If so, let us know in the comments how you feel about the experience. Did the starter's change affect how you think about the game?
And if you wanted to buy Exodus, but did not decide to hop a train into the Epic camp, let us know why and how you feel now that the game is over and is talked about. (This is Andy's Metro Exodus report here.)